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Pat Novak for Hire Old Time Radio Program

½ hour detective episodes

 

Pat Novak, for Hire was an old-time radio detective drama series which aired from 1946-1947 as a West Coast regional program and in 1949 as a nationwide program for ABC. The regional version originally starred Jack Webb in the title role, with scripts by his roommate Richard L. Breen. When Webb and Breen moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to work on an extremely similar nationwide series, Johnny Modero, for the Mutual network, Webb was replaced by Ben Morris and Breen by other writers. In the later network version, Jack Webb resumed the Novak role, and Breen his duties as scriptwriter. The series is popular among fans for its fast-paced, hard-boiled dialogue and action and witty one-liners.

Pat Novak, for Hire is set on the San Francisco, California waterfront and depicts the city as a dark, rough place where the main goal is survival. Pat Novak is not a detective by trade. He owns a boat shop on Pier 19 where he rents out boats and does odd jobs to make money.

Each episode of the program, particularly the Jack Webb episodes, follows the same basic formula; a foghorn sounds and Novak's footsteps are heard walking down the pier. He then pauses and begins with the line "Sure, I'm Pat Novak . . . for hire". The foghorn repeats and leads to the intro theme, during which Pat gives a monologue about the waterfront and his job renting boats. Jack Webb narrates the story as well as acts in it, as the titular character. Playing the cynic, he throws off lines such as "...about as smart as teaching a cooking class to a group of cannibals". He then introduces the trouble in which he finds himself this week.

Typically, a person unknown to Pat asks him to do an unusual or risky job. Pat reluctantly accepts and finds himself in hot water in the form of an unexplained dead body. Police Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) arrives on the scene and pins the murder on Novak. With only circumstantial evidence to go on, Hellman promises to haul Novak in the next day for the crime. The rapid, staccato dialogue between Webb & Burr is typical of harboiled fiction and is often humorous. Pat uses the time to try to solve the case. He usually employs the help of his friend Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owen) - a drunken ex-doctor typically found at some disreputable tavern or bar - to help him solve the case. As Pat asks for his help, Jocko launches a long-winded philosophical diatribe, full of witty and funny remarks, until Novak cuts him off.

Jocko and Pat unravel the case and Hellman makes the arrest. Finally, we hear the foghorn and Novak's footsteps on the pier again before Novak spells out the details of the case for us. At the end, Novak informs us that "Hellman asked only one question", which Pat answers with a clever retort. The dialogue is rife with similes found in pulp fiction. Example: 'The neighborhood was run down - the kind of place where the For Rent signs look like ransom notes.'

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Pat Novak for Hire episode list

24 episodes

PNFH 46-11-24 #xxx Dixie Gilian.mp3

PNFH 47-08-03 #xxx Johnny Brown Gambling Ring.mp3

PNFH 47-08-10 #xxx Mysterious Set of Books.mp3

PNFH 47-11-23 #xxx The Linda Reynold's Case.mp3

PNFH 47-11-30 #xxx Death in Harold Square.mp3

PNFH 48-07-03 #xxx Lady with the Golden Hair.mp3

PNFH 49-02-20 #xxx Jack of Clubs.mp3

PNFH 49-02-27 #xxx Marcia Halpern.mp3

PNFH 49-03-06 #xxx Fleet Lady.mp3

PNFH 49-03-13 #xxx Rubin Callaway's Pictures.mp3

PNFH 49-03-20 #xxx Rory Malone.mp3

PNFH 49-03-27 #xxx Joe Candono - Blackmail Pictures.mp3

PNFH 49-04-02 #xxx Father Lahey - Joe Feldman.mp3

PNFH 49-04-09 #xxx Sam Tolliver.mp3

PNFH 49-04-16 #xxx Go Away Dixie Gillian.mp3

PNFH 49-04-23 #xxx Rita Malloy - Pat's Boat is Missing.mp3

PNFH 49-04-30 #xxx Wendy Morris.mp3

PNFH 49-05-07 #xxx Shirt Mixup at the Laundry.mp3

PNFH 49-05-14 #xxx Geranium Plant.mp3

PNFH 49-05-21 #xxx Give Envelope to John St. John.mp3

PNFH 49-06-04 #xxx Agnes Bolton Case.mp3

PNFH 49-06-11 #xxx George Lampson.mp3

PNFH 49-06-18 #xxx Joe Denine Story.mp3

PNFH 49-06-25 #xxx Little Jake Siegel (Muffled Sound).mp3


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